About Ardara: History, People, Tradition & More

About Ardara

Welcome to Ardara, best village in Ireland.

Ardara (Irish: “Ard an Rátha” meaning “Height of the Fort” – pronounced “Ardra”) is a small town in County Donegal, Ireland, located along the N56 road.

Some of the main scenic points near the town are the Glengesh Pass, the Maghera Caves and Waterfall, and the views out over the Atlantic from Loughros Point.

Ardara is a vibrant and bustling town which is very popular with holidaymakers. We host many festivals and events every year, and you’ll find more information about them on our Festivals & Events page.

Discover more about the history, culture and people of Ardara by visiting the pages below.


Read about the history of tweed in the Ardara area, and the techniques used in its manufacture.

Heritage Town

Ardara is one of five designated Heritage Towns in Donegal.


There are a number of archaeological monuments of note in the area dating to prehistoric times.


Ardara, historically home to the O’Breslin and O’Boyle clans, boasts several established Irish Clan names


Read about some of Ardara's well-known personalities, past and present

Archive Photos

A selection of archive photos of Ardara and the surrounding regions.

Video about Donegal






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